Energie & Trading

The energy and utility industries are under the political and economic microscope. Commodity price volatility, insecurity of fuel and energy supply linked to geopolitical uncertainties, resource scarcity during a time of booming demand from emerging countries, issues posed by climate change. The demand for resources far exceeds the supply- leading to an exponential increase of utility prices for customers.

Industry players must deal with a complex regulatory environment, exposure to stronger market risk and new environmental expectations. Our dedicated team is here to help you navigate this complex environment and to create the most value for your company. 

The commodities sector continues to play a very important role for the Swiss economy. In 2017, revenues from commodity trading accounted for about 3.8 per cent of Swiss GDP. A key factor in Switzerland's appeal as a business location is the regulatory and political environment. Our proven experience with Energy / Trading clients in Switzerland underscores our ability to perform a first rate job.

DIVERSE CHALLENGES FACING THE INDUSTRY

Worldwide energy consumption is projected to increase by more than 40 percent by 2035, fuelled by  an increasing global population, improvement of living conditions, economic output and emergence of new economies. Even if the overall demand is strong, energy players are evolving in a fast-moving and dynamic context, marked by cyclical and structural trends.  In order to seize market opportunities, energy companies have to deal with major challenges driven by political, economic, environmental and social issues :

  • Growing energy needs in developing countries 
  • Significant impending changes in the energy mix
  • Volatile commodity prices 
  • Fossil fuel scarcity
  • Development of clean, renewable and unconventional energy
  • Decisive regulatory framework that is complex and ever-evolving 
  • A need to modernize existing infrastructure with increased funding issues

DEDICATED SERVICES TO MEET THE CHALLENGES OF A CHANGING INDUSTRY

The diverse range of services we have provided to our Energy & Trading clients have allowed us to develop a rich set of solutions to meet varying client needs, notably in the following areas: 

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EXTERNAL GROWTH 

  • Investment opportunity studies in the energy sector (infrastructure, alternative energy, distribution ...) 
  • Assistance in transaction execution (due diligence, purchase price allocation ...)
  • Support in driving integration projects
  • Financial, tax and legal support in establishing subsidiaries or businesses
  • Global Mobility Services

OPTIMISING FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

  • Audit both large companies and SMEs, listed and unlisted
  • Support the finance and accounting function, reporting and consolidation
  • Task Force assignments
  • Financial engineering (optimisation of corporate finance, cash management, working capital reduction, reverse factoring, ...)
  • Alignment of costs in connection with the business strategy (ABC ...)
  • Financial modelling of investment projects

MANAGING RISK

  • Adjusting the level of investment in accordance with industrial risks 
  • Risk mapping 
  • Support audit and internal control 
  • Identification and prevention of fraud risks

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

  • "Human Rights" and social audits / certifications
  • Support the competitiveness and image of companies through expertise in the areas of environment, safety and social responsibility